Dennis Wilcock did 9/11
Petrucci & Portnoy collab is exciting. Portnoy had said last year that he'd love to make music with Petrucci again. It's good to see it come to fruition.
I always imagined the lack of new LTE came down to two things:
The first thing that popped into my head when I saw his name associated with this Petrucci album is "people will start demanding Portnoy return to Dream Theater". Some people have never stopped asking for it.This becomes a factor post MP leaving, but I imagine neither parties want to deal with the inevitable flood of “MP rejoining DT” rumors that would accompany a collaboration such as LTE. Perhaps this album is testing the waters, as I’m sure some corners of the net are already speculating. At the same time, almost 10 years have passed since Portnoy left and maybe now things like this can happen without creating a social media headache for the members.
I don't think it should matter. If they want to do another LTE, they should. DT has been very firm about the prospects of Portnoy returning (lack thereof) - if people still don't get that it's on them. That being said, I think LTE was imagined as a short-term project anyway.PR: This becomes a factor post MP leaving, but I imagine neither parties want to deal with the inevitable flood of “MP rejoining DT” rumors that would accompany a collaboration such as LTE.
Rudess already confirmed that they are planning a reunion so I'd say that the chances are quite good.